Chichester Finale: Simon's Suites & Richardson's Magistrate

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The two final plays of the Chichester Festival Theatre season are now hitting the boards: The Magistrate and Hotel Suites.

The two final plays of the Chichester Festival Theatre season are now hitting the boards: The Magistrate and Hotel Suites.

Arthur Wing Pinero's 1885 farce, The Magistrate, tells of a precocious 14-year-old boy (or is he?) and his mom, both of whom have lied about their ages and must now pay the piper. Stage and television actor Ian Richardson ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy") stars, as he did in Chichester's 1995 The Miser. He was a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company for 15 years.

Nicholas Broadhurst directs The Magistrate, which is designed by Simon Higlett. The show began previews Oct. 1 and opens Oct. 7 for a run through Oct. 18.

In the Minerva Theatre, opening Oct. 8, is Neil Simon's Hotel Suites, related one-acts cobbled together from Plaza Suite, California Suite and London Suite. The plays in this edition are: Visitor From Mamaroneck, about a bride who locks herself in the bathroom on the night of her wedding; Visitors From London & Visitor From Mykonos, about the asexual marriage between Diana and Sidney, a Hollywood actress and her bisexual husband; and Visitors From Philadelphia, about a wife finding her husband in bed with an unconscious woman.

Other works by author Simon that played the West End include Laughter On The 23rd Floor and The Goodbye Girl (a collaboration with Marvin Hamlisch). Hotel Suites began previews Oct. 1 for a run through Oct. 18. Nicholas Broadhurst directs The Magistrate, which is designed by Simon Higlett.

In the Minerva Theatre, opening the same night, is Neil Simon's Hotel Suites, related one-acts cobbled together from Plaza Suite, California Suite and London Suite. The plays in this edition are: Visitor From Mamaroneck, about a bride who locks herself in the bathroom on the night of her wedding; Visitors From London & Visitor From Mykonos, about the asexual marriage between Diana and Sidney, a Hollywood actress and her bisexual husband; and Visitors From Philadelphia, about a wife finding her husband in bed with an unconscious woman.

Other works by author Simon that played the West End include Laughter On The 23rd Floor and The Goodbye Girl (a collaboration with Marvin Hamlisch).

Previous shows in the Chichester season included a rare stage return (after almost 20 years) of Twiggy in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, Ian McShane as Barrie's The Admirable Crichton, Kathleen Turner as Tallulah Bankhead, and a revival of Divorce Me Darling, Sandy Wilson's sequel to his 1920s pastiche, The Boy Friend.

The festival is in Oaklands Parks, north of Chichester in East Sussex. For tickets or more information call 01243 781312 (in North America dial 011 44 first and omit the first 0).

-- By Laura MacDonald and David Lefkowitz

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